Room to Grow Educational Resources

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Room to Grow Educational Resources: Simple stuff...the best for learning through play!

Eugene
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Resource biz dedicated to widely accessible learning through play materials (make your own instructions usually an option), trilingual materials to break the "better/worse" perception for bilingual kids and encourage language/geographical/cultural play, "new heroes" series, and more.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

Our materials cause an outbreak of peace and focused environmental change?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Old heroes, storylines and creative play scenarios from a less populated and human dominated planetary environment...kids are still playing war, conquest, good guys and bad guys when we so need excitement and strength building around peacemakers, innovators and dedicated changemakers.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

publishing and educational materials as widely accessible as possible for alternative imaginary play, new heroes and games, materials that are set in a friendly, sustainable lifestyles world. We are not the only ones with this vision, but have some very specific background and focused criteria as well as our own creative, tested products.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Nonviolent chase games example from 4 years on a preschool playground. Decrease in complaints, injuries during play, also perpetuated by the children only after first two years (entered childhood "folklore" games). Those games and more going out this winter to 250 new parent families through a parent education organization. Recently, 135 preschoolers in Costa Rica and 100 in Oregon could not be "tricked" into losing their calm breathing, and also showed us their "strength/fuerte" (little biceps) to be peacemakers because it takes strength. Readings in schools led to stories about making friends across language barriers, to children making their own books, and to learning math through origami. Also to reducing behavior problems.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Impact so far is in Oregon with children over the last ten years, in Costa Rica with children in the last two years. A highlight is a lunch conversation after some weeks of using nonviolent chase games and other strategies with 5 year olds. One boy says to another "Remember yesterday on the play ground when you hit me and I tried to pull you off the slide?" Boy 2: "Yeah?" Boy 1: "Let's don't do that anymore, it's no fun."

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Since we are dedicated to accessibility and sustainability, many strategies and materials will be available for download as well as license (if not free) to other businesses and distributors in their own countries or locales, to decrease carbon costs and encourage local activism and ownership of educational change.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Indiegogo campaign in Aug/Sept may help raise the $1,500 to $2,000 left in production costs, with donors having the option to donate reward sets to parent education NGO as well as receive their own 1st run of materials. After that, in business with publishing company and first materials; next is website and agreements with other producers to carry their materials. Third is to follow through on creating other products still in prototype/idea form.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Running out of time...yes, there are others carrying their pieces of the ecoweb of solutions. Still, some of what we have done seems to be hard to find or unique so will be adding our voice and vision to the blend, as well as collaborating and showcasing the efforts of others with our websites.
Team

Founding Story

Grew up in the counter culture experimental school options of the 1960's, 70's in the United States, attended traditional college, homeschooled or worked with small public island schools with my own children, now with grandchildren....taught in schools, preschools and all kinds of out of school settings. Backlog of creative curriculum of all kinds, ready to move forward fast in the next 6 months (finally have reserved time set aside for it!)

Team

Myself, programmer son (website, games, math), daughter (teaching and parenting in Costa Rica with Brazilian husband and trilingual children). Technical assistance from other daughter and son-in-law, with marketing biz in Oregon. LLC with sole owner for now, participate in educational research cluster group monthly that connects diverse elements of local educational community.
About You
Organization:
Room to Grow Educational Publishing
About You
First Name

Alison

Last Name

Halderman

About Your Project
Organization Name

Room to Grow Educational Publishing

How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

United States, OR, Eugene

Country where this project is creating social impact
What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses, Customers.

Supplemental
Awards

0 (well, smiles and engagement! in four countries)

Primary Target Age Group

3 - 5.

Your role in Education

Other.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based), Home-School, Other.

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Extracurricular, Products or Services.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Actively Designing Space & Culture as Essential Elements for Learning: Creating cost-effective methods to infuse a school with habits, language, and materials needed for learning through play.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

recommended materials wanting more distribution along with ours

Offer

nonviolent chase games template/games (safe touch, self managing) & more

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

1) provide play materials of all kinds that promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles
2) provide play scenarios and materials that prepare kids for coping and adaptation skills for a world with shortages, disasters, refugees and TONS of problem solving needed due to climate changes
2A) self management, interrelating and negotiating skills useful for any future scenario, peace building
2B) creativity and creative problem solving, empowerment for young ages as makers and changemakers

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:
RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:
SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :
IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

Other (please specify)
Number of Employees:

Number of Volunteers:

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Other (please specify)
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.
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